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Court Rules For Boulder City “SLAPP” Defendants

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(BOULDER CITY, KXNT)–The Nevada Supreme Court has sided with six Boulder City residents who argued the city targeted them for lawsuits after they circulated several initiative petitions in 2010.

A lawyer and former city councilwoman said Tuesday the city could be on the hook for $100,000 in attorney fees and costs just to the six who argued they were victimized by strategic lawsuit against public participation, or SLAPP, lawsuits.

The attorney, Linda Strickland, says that doesn’t count what the city spent hiring lawyers on its behalf.

Boulder City’s city attorney, David Olsen, didn’t immediately respond to messages.

The case stemmed from petitions to cap city debt; limit citizen committee appointee terms; limit the city to just one municipal golf course; and make the city attorney job an elected position.
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